Encura II: Open call for two research residencies



Call for applications

Hangar Barcelona in association with Curators' Network is offeringtwo fully-funded one-month-residencies in Barcelona, Spain. They will take place from November 14, 2016 - December 18, 2016 and from January 18, 2017 - February 19, 2017.

The call is free of charge and open to all curators and researchers who currently do not live and work in Catalonia. Deadline for the submission of applications is July 15, 2016, midnight, Spanish time, CEST time zone.

The successful candidates will have the opportunity to work with the artist residents at Hangar Barcelona. They will also have the occasion to research the wider artistic context of Barcelona and Catalonia as well as to establish networks and dialogues with other local and international cultural agents.

Applicants should submit a proposal that fits into the general lines of work of Hangar and Curators' Network. This proposal should also foresee a collaboration with at least four of the current artist residents of Hangar as well as a presentation of the outcomes in a format other than a classical exhibition.

The selected candidates are expected to realize the suggested project during the residency.


The call is open for all cultural agents who as part of their practice habitually work with artists, from a free-lance or institutional perspective (curators, researchers, art writers, ...).

There is no age limit.

Applicants should currently not reside in Catalonia.

Only one application per person or collective permitted. Curatorial collectives have to assign one member as the resident.

The call seeks especially for participants who work with a high level of excellence, but do not yet have a consolidated international career, as one of the primary goals of Curators’ Network is to promote art-professionals who are still not well known in a larger international context.

Applicants should feel comfortable engaging in artistic discussions in English.

Submitted projects should include a working proposal with a group of at least four artists among the residents at Hangar. The projects can be both motivated by an already existing research strand of the candidates or can be articulated for this specific purpose. Each of the four chosen artists will receive a specific production budget of 400 € for the purpose of the proposed project.

The two successful applicants will be asked to present the results of their residency at the end of their stay at Hangar. This final presentation should seek new and original ways of presenting the research and the work with the artists, ideally also in a digital/online format.

The two successful applicants will also be required to narrate the process of the residency through the Art Spy blog at Curators' Network and to seek opportunities to share their experience with their own local communities.

Applicants should indicate if they are available during both or during only one of the residencies: November 14, 2016 - December 18, 2016and from January 18, 2017 - February 19, 2017.

Terms of the residency

Hangar will provide the following for each residency:

  • In and outbound travel (up to 300 €)
  • Honorary (1185 € before taxes)
  • Accommodation (own bedroom in a four-room house located at Hangar residency space)
  • A working space and internet connection (Please bring your own laptop as no computer will be provided)
  • A production budget of 400 € per artist (1600 € overall) which will be collectively defined among resident, artists and Hangar production team.
  • Technical assistance for the activities that the candidates will undertake during their residency.

Curators' Network will provide the following:

The successful candidates are required to arrange for their own visa and insurance in advance.

Required additional documents

Ensure that all required attachments are included. Incomplete or incorrect applications will not be considered. Please note that there is a 5MB limit for each archive that has to be uploaded. Please attach:

A project description (no template provided, please create your own document)

  • The selected candidates are expected to realize the submitted proposal during the residency. This proposal should include at least four of the current artists in residence of Hangar. The pdf therefore should include a description of the project, its relation to the proposed group of artists as well as related images, videos and texts if necessary.
  • One of the objectives of Curators' Network is to explore new forms of presentation and dissemination of contemporary art, especially those involving the creation of new digital content. Applicants should therefore foresee within their project description the possibility to present their research in an other format than an exhibition.

A resume of your activity (no template provided, please create your own document):

  • A CV
  • A maximum of 10 examples of recent projects, with images, captions and a short description if necessary. You may include links to project websites and videos documenting the projects.
  • Any other documentation that you consider relevant (e.g. articles or other publications that have been written about you or by yourself)

Whereas the form has to be filled out obligatorily in English, the additional documents can also be submitted in Spanish. We strongly recommend to submit an English version, as several members of the international jury are not fluent in Spanish.

Dates, deadlines, procedure
  • Deadline: Applications should be submitted online not later than Sunday 15th of July at Midnight [Spain, CEST].
  • Jury: The resident will be chosen on the basis of the submitted applications. The jury will be composed of Curators' Network council and the programme committee of Hangar.
  • Notification: The successful applicants will be notified latest by Saturday 29 of July 2016.
About Hangar


Hangar is a centre for art research and production located in Barcelona, Spain. Hangar’s mission is to support visual artists and other cultural agents during the different moments of their art production processes as well as to contribute to the best development of their projects. Hangar facilitates equipment, facilities, production assistance and a suitable context for free experimentation and knowledge transfer. Hangar is located in the Poblenou neighborhood in Barcelona and in a mid 19th Century that was originally designed for the textile industry. At present, and after the centre was extended to the adjacent warehouses, the buildings used by Hangar cover a total surface of 2,600 m2.

About Curators' Network


Curators’ Network is a platform which works since 2010 for the interconnection and the exchange of the local knowledge and for the mutual benefit of all implicated art professionals and their institutions. The general aim of Curators’ Network is to foster the international promotion and interconnection of art professionals who live and work in environments that can be considered peripheral to the main centers of contemporary art. It seeks making visible these professionals on an international scale as well as transferring local knowledge to an international community and vice versa. The activities of Curators’ Network are real-life events that are always combined with tools of digital promotion.


hablarenarte (Curators' Network)

Flavia Introzzi or Georg Zolchow (flavia at hablarenarte.com // georg at hablarenarte.com)


Marta Gracia or Sergi Botella (marta at hangar.org // sergi at hangar.org)

Info and Application form: www.hablarenarte.com